Health experts say that about 4 million couples in Pakistan are childless and most of the causes of infertility are due to men’s diseases and their lifestyle.
Experts from various cities of Pakistan as well as the USA, UK, Middle East, and South Asia are participating in the 3 days 8th Midsummer Conference of Pakistan Endocrine Society in Malam Jabba area of Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and various diseases including reproductive health.
Addressing the conference, Dr. Javed Akhtar, a Pakistani endocrinologist based in the United States, said that about 4 million couples in Pakistan are childless and the main reason for this is the hormonal diseases found in men and their lifestyle. He said that diseases of men and their lifestyle causes infertility in about 40-50% of couples.
He said that one of the major causes of infertility in men is a deficiency of the male hormone testosterone which is one of the major causes of obesity, besides alcohol, smoking, and drug use in men.
Dr Javed Akhtar said that childless couples should consult an endocrinologist as now with new medicines and modern treatment, about 70% of couples can have the blessing of having children.
President of Pakistan Endocrine Society Dr. Abrar Ahmed said that it is time to impose an emergency in Pakistan regarding diabetes, the number of diabetic patients has increased so much that not all doctors in Pakistan can treat them together. He said that the only way to deal with diabetes is to create awareness about it.
Dr. Abrar Ahmed said that the Pakistan Endocrine Society is launching public awareness programs including training of doctors within its limited resources but it is in dire need of the cooperation of the media and government.
He said that the Pakistan Endocrine Society has started awareness campaigns on diabetes with various governmental and non-governmental organizations including the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government but the cooperation of this media is very much needed to save Pakistan from this epidemic.
Dr. Peter Schwartz, a German diabetic, said that every person should take about 10,000 steps a day to be safe from mental problems, including diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, and other diseases.
He said that if people with diabetes walk 11,000 steps daily, their sugar can be controlled much better than medicine.
Professor Peter Schwartz advised the public to give up cold drinks and artificial sweeteners, saying that if a person drank a cold drink for a year, no one could save him from diabetes.
He said that in Pakistan also the government should increase the tax on artificial sweeteners and keep them out of the reach of the people so that they can be protected from other diseases including diabetes.
On the first day of the conference, experts from Nepal and Sri Lanka including Dr. Asad Rahim, Dr. Samira Jabeen, Dr. Ali Java, and Syed Abbas Raza from the UK also addressed.